Surprising Poll Reveals How Much Makeup Women Really Wear

makeupAll this talk about tanning mom has got me thinking about beauty products. Let's put aside whether or not Patricia Krentcil let her child tan with her for a moment and focus on the mom. She seems to have a distorted view of what looks good on her because she is a little too tan, with way too much bronzer. But I get where she is. I do. I once had a high hair issue back in the 80s/early 90s and if my hair was flat I thought I looked terrible. That wasn't true -- in fact the opposite was true. But we've all been there -- thinking something looked good that really didn't. Over-doing it.

Which is why I was very happy and yet somewhat surprised to learn the results of a recent survey about how much makeup women really wear.


We don't all hide behind our makeup. In fact, according to Bella Sugar's poll, 15 percent of their readers (which is a beauty site) don't really wear makeup all that often at all. Fifty-nine percent even leave the house without makeup on once in a while.

I find this refreshing. And sort of shocking. I'm a makeup girl and while there may be days that it looks like I'm not wearing much, it's extremely rare I'm out and about without at least my Bare Escentuals mineral powder and some mascara. The poll revealed that 37 percent felt mascara was the item they can't live without, with concealer coming second at 34 percent of the vote.

I also love my lip shimmer. To be honest, I just feel unattractive without some bit of makeup on -- for myself. Plus, the powder does help calm my oily skin, so I just feel better about myself (and my oil) because of it.

A lot depends on your skin type, and of course there's nothing wrong with wearing makeup -- it's fun, plays up your features, and if it makes you happy .... But when it becomes an obsession, something you overdo and fail to realize you are overdoing it, then it goes beyond the physical. As in tanning mom's case.

So while the days of my insanely big hair are gone (phew!), I'm still going to hold on to my powder, little bit of mascara, and lip shimmer. I'm just not ready to face the world without it. And our Makeup Free Friday series just makes me realize that even just a little makeup could give you a needed boost.

What do you think of the makeup poll results? How much makeup do you wear on a daily basis? Do you ever go makeup free? What's the one item you can't live without?


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